focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. As queer thinkers, writers and artists, we are committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation.Anyone who reads this blog will recognize that, as a queer thinker, I'm a priori sympathetic to Against Equality's agenda. I've written often on their first two concerns, and admittedly rather less on the third. But so far I'm wary of their work. They're too prone to throw around the word "privilege," even though as far as I can tell they're fairly privileged themselves.
We want to reinvigorate the queer political imagination with fantastic possibility!
Privilege is always relative. Recently on another site I saw someone, presumably white, argue that poor whites in a particularly disadvantaged county in West Virginia don't have white privilege, but he didn't provide any information about the condition of black people, if there are any, in that county. It's not exactly a major revelation that white racism in the Jim Crow era functioned (and may even have been deliberately intended) to let poor whites have someone they could feel superior to, and to redirect anger at blacks that might otherwise have been directed at wealthy, powerful whites. Less well-off racist whites today often complain that blacks have it better than they do: there's a lot of thwarted entitlement in that complaint. Analogously, graduate students in the US often have it rough, but they are still privileged in terms of status and access to knowledge. That doesn't mean they have it easy, but it does mean they need to be careful about throwing accusations of privilege at other people. Against Equality explicitly views the current US gay movement's focus on marriage, gays in the military, and hate-crime laws as dictated by the white privilege of the current leadership. There's truth in that, but it's an incomplete picture.
So, someone posted a link on the Against Equality page on Facebook about Benjamin Medrano Quezada, the newly-elected gay mayor of Freznillo, Zacatecas in Mexico. "The fans at Queerty aren't too pleased about this one," commented the person who shared the link, because Medrano told the AP he isn't concerned about gay marriage.
“I’m not in favor of gay marriage, I don’t share that view, because we are still very small town … in short, we’re not prepared, in my view,” the 47-year-old gay bar owner told the AP. “Not yet, anyway, because we have strong roots in our religion, and in our customs.”